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May 18, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks ago today, Chase Utley stood in front of his locker at Citizens Bank Park and packed for a West Coast trip. Utley tossed his fielder's glove, batting gloves, spikes, sneakers and sunglasses into a red equipment bag. He then reached into his locker, pulled out five brand-new ebony bats - gamers - and stuffed them into his bat bag. Before zipping the bat bag closed, Utley reached for the one piece of equipment he hadn't left home without...
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August 2, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
IN THE BOTTOM of the first inning, Chase Utley stepped to the plate and hit a home run. It was the 14th time he had done so this season, good enough for fourth among major league second basemen. If anybody needed a reminder that the 34-year-old veteran was still one of baseball's best players at his position, here it was. Still, as he trotted around the bases to the hearty approval of the Citizens Bank Park crowd, you couldn't shake the feeling it was the beginning of another egregious miscalculation by a Phillies organization struggling to find the path toward a better tomorrow.
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May 4, 2010 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
So here's the deal: You get to invite any of the top stars in Philadelphia sports over to the house for dinner. We're talking hypothetically, of course, but just say you have that opportunity. Who would you invite? Ryan Howard? DeSean Jackson? Mike Richards? And what would you serve them? Would you go Italian? Send out for Chinese? Or perhaps you have a favorite dish that has been passed down through the generations? We asked you whom would you like to have over in the survey we conducted with the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University and you chose to chow down with Chase Utley.
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April 12, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
WE ENTERED the season knowing that the Phillies needed a lot of things to go right in order for them to return to the postseason, and the last couple of nights have offered a tantalizing glimpse at the kind of team they can become if those things break in the proper direction. Of course, two nights make for a small sample size. The last time the Phillies had faced Jeremy Hefner, all seven of the batters they sent to the plate against him ended up scoring runs. But a lineup can only hit against the pitchers whom the other team sends to the mound, and in rattling off their first back-to-back victories of the season, Charlie Manuel's team did just that.
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April 1, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writerlawrenr@phillynews.com
THE BALL came toward his head and baserunner Chase Utley did the natural thing. He ducked. After avoiding contact with Domonic Brown's heat-seeking missile of a base hit, Utley regained his footing and took off from first to second base. He didn't stop until he slid safely into third base. Utley then bounced back on his feet and prepared for the next step. It was March and he was playing baseball, so any next step he took was going to be a heck of a lot farther than any he made in the last two springs.
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September 19, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Chase Utley and Ryan Howard remain the heart of the Phillies' batting order and they were the foundation for this franchise's run of success that started in 2007 and appears likely to end in 2012. But as the season winds toward its conclusion, it's obvious they are players in transition. After the Phillies took early batting practice Monday afternoon, Utley remained on the field and worked extensively at third base with coach Sam Perlozzo. Howard, meanwhile, fielded questions about a season that started with him on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon and is ending with the first baseman in a terrible slump.
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June 21, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
PHILLIES SECOND baseman Chase Utley played in his fifth rehab game for Class A Clearwater Tuesday night. What comes next? "I don't know," he said when asked where and when he was going to rehab next. "I really don't know. " Utley was 1-for-3 with a single and a walk as a designated hitter in an 8-2 loss to Dunedin, a Blue Jays affiliate. On Monday, he tested his chronically injured knees by playing second base for six innings in a win over Dunedin. When asked before Tuesday's game whether his knees felt OK, Utley was succinct.
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September 28, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - In the end, there was too much risk and too little time. Sure, the Phillies were more than willing to listen when Chase Utley approached them with the idea of moving to third base. He worked diligently in afternoon sessions there and showed enough progress in one month to make team officials believers. Then the Phillies staved off formal elimination entering Friday's game and it put this experiment in a precarious position. Six games at third base for Utley - good or bad - were not large enough of a sample size to influence a winter strategy.
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September 28, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer
CHARLIE MANUEL didn't want to make too big a deal of the fact that Chase Utley was taking ground balls at third base a month ago. He likened it to his own, just-for-fun pregame routines as a player. But since the Utley third-base experiment appears more serious with each passing day - the veteran second baseman could have scrapped it after a week or 2 - Manuel made a point to watch Utley's latest workout on Wednesday afternoon. "He looked pretty good," Manuel said. "He threw good.
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April 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Domonic Brown glided over first base while the remnants of a nearly empty stadium jumped in shock. He pounded his red Phillies helmet with his right fist. He smashed 27 homers in 2013; the first one of 2014 did not arrive until his 52d plate appearance, and what a moment it was. Seventeen minutes later, no one remembered. A Dan Uggla grand slam cleared the bases in the ninth inning. It pushed the Atlanta Braves to a 9-6 victory. For the Phillies, all that remained was a bullpen fire.
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April 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IF YOU'D LIKE to take a random sampling of what goes through the mind of a Phillies fan on a night when a game is rained out, turn to Twitter. One fan's suggestion via Twitter to right the 6-7 Phillies: bench Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard, who have become "automatic outs" in the batting order. Of course, any of us actually paying attention would point out that resting the guy who has homered in back-to-back games (Howard) is probably not the most strategic of moves. Bad timing, to put it kindly.
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April 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A single rose decorated the broadcast booth named in honor of Harry Kalas at Citizens Bank Park. Sunday - a gorgeous, summerlike spring day - marked five years since Kalas' death, and you could almost hear his voice in the eighth inning when Chase Utley delivered a 4-3 Phillies victory over Miami. Kalas dubbed him The Man in 2006, and not much has changed, even after knee problems threatened the second baseman's career. Utley's solo homer in the eighth Sunday sealed a series sweep of the Marlins.
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April 15, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
THERE ARE plenty of words that can be used to describe the way Chase Utley is swinging the bat right now, and his manager and teammates used plenty of them yesterday. But the most accurate assessment is probably the one that B.J. Rosenberg offered after yesterday's display, which featured an eighth-inning, go-ahead home run that propelled the Phillies to a 4-3, sweep-clinching victory over the Marlins. "It's pretty awesome to watch," Rosenberg said with an awestruck smile. There are plenty of ancillary reasons why Utley will someday retire as one of the most popular athletes to ever don a uniform in Philadelphia, but the foundation is still the fact that he is pretty darn good at baseball.
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April 14, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
YOU DON'T NEED numbers to understand the amount of talent that exists inside Jose Fernandez. But the numbers are fun. Heading into last night's game against the Phillies, the 21-year-old righthander had held opponents to one or zero runs in half of his 30 career starts. He'd held them under four runs in all but three starts. In laymen's terms, he's pretty darn good. But he wasn't good last night, and the Phillies took advantage, scoring two in the first inning, one in the third, and three in the sixth en route to a 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins.
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April 9, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies arrived home no better or worse than when they departed for a six-game, season-opening trip. They won three, lost three, and led at one point in every game but Sunday's 8-3 clunker against the Cubs. Given that, Ryne Sandberg lamented the .500 record. The manager, however, thought it best to stress the good developments. "Never satisfied," Sandberg said. "But the fact that we had a chance to win more games than we did, that's a positive thing we leave with. " Down the hall from the closet-size manager's office at Wrigley Field, Jimmy Rollins said what everyone was thinking.
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April 8, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Ben Revere was about to catch a line drive hit right at him when it looked like the ball pulled out a gun, shot him and then dashed off into the ivy in centerfield. Jimmy Rollins retrieved a hard ground ball that caromed off pitcher A.J. Burnett, but Rollins did not step on the bag at second base for a forceout or throw to first base for a routine out. Ryan Howard launched two hard-hit balls to the warning track and was robbed of an RBI hit in rightfield thanks to an exaggerated infield shift.
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April 8, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CHICAGO - Much to prove was Jonathan Papelbon's mantra early Saturday evening after the Phillies had won their second straight game over the Chicago Cubs and popped their heads above .500, a view they rarely enjoyed a year ago as they tumbled to fourth place in the National League East. "I don't see it as this year versus last year," Papelbon said. "I just see a team that is out to prove something and I like guys and players that are out to prove something. I have a lot to prove.
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April 8, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Hidden in the 30 starts made by A.J. Burnett last season that produced a career-low 3.30 ERA with Pittsburgh and a $16 million contract from the Phillies was a trend not lost on Cubs manager Rick Renteria. He stuffed his Sunday lineup with seven lefthanded hitters, and the move paid off before Burnett completed an inning of an 8-3 Phillies loss. "I'm used to that," Burnett said. "It's throwing strike one. It doesn't matter if it's a righty or a lefty. " Chicago blasted an erratic Burnett for four first-inning runs to avoid christening Wrigley Field's 100th season with an opponent's sweep.
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April 7, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CHICAGO - It's early, and the schedule makers and baseball gods have been kind to the Phillies in this first week of the season. And after a 2-0 win Saturday over the Chicago Cubs, they have an air of confidence. The luck showed up in Texas for opening day; instead of Yu Darvish's varied menu of dominant pitches, the Phillies faced a kid named Tanner Scheppers, who had trouble throwing strikes in his first major-league start. The Phils won by scoring two touchdowns on 17 hits.
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